Rural Schools Partnership Newsletter: November 9, 2009

Last Updated: November 09, 2009

 Rural Schools Partnership
November 9, 2009
Please Note Grant Deadline Is Approaching!
The grant deadline of November 16th for the Conco Community Arts Program grants and the Student Conservation Grants Program (sponsored by the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation and our Stewardship Ozarks Initiative) is rapidly approaching. These are wonderful opportunities for your students and teachers.
The grant application process is simple, and there is no reason not to apply for this funding. Please ALERT appropriate teachers and student groups. Go to for application information.
CFO Makes Grants to New Youth Empowerment Project Efforts
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks recently awarded five grants of $500 each to recently established Youth Empowerment Projects in the Ozarks region. The schools which partnered with CFO and received the grant are as follows: Bakersfield Middle/High School, Halfway Middle/High School, Hollister High School, Malta Bend High School, and Sherwood-Cass High School. Congratulations to these new YEP partners!
For more information about YEP, please contact Bridget Dierks ().
New Funds—New Partners
Congratulations to the following new partners and funds: 
  • The Jackie Dale Blankenship Memorial Scholarship Fund in conjunction with the Greater Seymour Area Foundation. This fund was established by the Blankenship family in memory of Jackie Dale Blankenship, and will go to a Seymour student to attend Missouri State University.
  • Bakersfield Youth Empowerment Fund
  • Bradleyville Foundation for Learning Fund
  • Bradleyville Walk/Run Fund: This project annually bring together the greater Bradleyville community for a fund raising event that has produced thousands of dollars in scholarships for deserving Bradleyville High School graduates.
Living With Land and Water in the Ozarks
In the near future you will receive a copy of Living with Land and Water in the Ozarks, published by Ozarks Water Watch: Upper White River Basin Foundation. This informative booklet received support funding from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Stewardship Ozarks Initiative and Rural Schools Partnership. I trust that you will see the value of this publication for teachers and students in our region. We are pleased to announce that we have a limited number of copies to provide you and your colleagues upon request. Please contact me directly at if you want copies or need more information. John E. Moore, Jr. is president of Ozarks Water Watch.
Again, this is another feature of the Rural Schools Partnership.
The Purpose of This Newsletter
The Rural Schools Partnership Weekly Newsletter represents our Foundation’s commitment to keeping you informed about this important new initiative. If you know of others who should receive the newsletter, please drop a note to Gary Funk, President and C.E.O., Community Foundation of the Ozarks, at
Gary Funk | President and C.E.O.
Community Foundation of the Ozarks
425 E. Trafficway
Springfield, MO 65806